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What they do know is that the site is the most significant in a volley of unexpected findings that have overturned earlier ideas about our species' deep past.
Known as Göbekli Tepe (pronounced Guh-behk--peh), the site is vaguely reminiscent of Stonehenge, except that Göbekli Tepe was built much earlier and is made not from roughly hewn blocks but from cleanly carved limestone pillars splashed with bas-reliefs of animals—a cavalcade of gazelles, snakes, foxes, scorpions, and ferocious wild boars.
The assemblage was built some 11,600 years ago, seven millennia before the Great Pyramid of Giza. Indeed, Göbekli Tepe is the oldest known example of monumental architecture—the first structure human beings put together that was bigger and more complicated than a hut.